"IMC OnAir" presents it's special feature "StudioTalk No. 2" beside the regular transmission "Raga CDs of the Month". We present the Indian music maestro of Sarode and film composer Ranajit Sengupta from Kolkatta (India). - The talk was led in May 2007 with an attendance by R. Sengupta in our Hamburg studio, originally in English language.
The Sarod player Ranajit Sengupta exhibits a considerable career at the age of 37 years worldwide on the bigger festival stages, as film composer for international projects and as a lecturer for Indian Cassical Music. Sengupta is married with Shirin Sengupta, a female singer of Indian Classical Music and the vocal style "Khyal".
Senguptaâs musical talent was noticed very early in a family shaped by music. Already at the age of 6 years Ranajit Sengupta, played "live" on his first instrument, the Western Mandoline for All India Radio (AIR), the national radio of India. His 1st CD production "child Prodigy" Sengupta published at the age of nine years by the Indian label INRECO (Indian Record Company). 1998 he was considered on his current main instrument, the Sarode as a winner of the All India Radio Competition with the highest honour, the President Award.
For the editorship of IMC OnAir it was a special interest to experience from an Indian instrumentalist & composer how he arranges the music culture of Indian Classic with 1 Â½ decades of experiences on international concert stages and as a lecturer. Our special feature "STUDIOTALK" carries therefore the the sub title: "From Guru-Shishya-Parampara to modern Music Education in the 21st century."
In his art work Ranajit Sengupta is concerning and rendering the music-therapeutic effect of the Aalap. Aalap is the first, slower part of a Raga, in that itâs characteristic and notes of the ascending / descending Raga scales and ornaments are introduced.
Â· ... from the year 2006 a live recording of the "Festival Musica Sacra International" in Marktoberdorf (South Germany) documents the Raga Rageshree. Vocals: Shirin Sengupta; accompanying: Indranil Mallick - Tabla.
Â· ... from CD "SHRINGAR - Sarode Recital" the Aalap of the Raga Shudha Basant, a spring raga. The CD was published in the year 2004 by the Indian label Bihaan Music (Kolkatta). Accompanying: Prabir Kumar Mitra - Tabla.
Â· ... live recording on the CD "Artiste of the Millenium" of R. Senguptaâs European Tournee in summer 2001: Raga Jogkauns on the CD was published by UD Industries (Kolkatta) in 2001. We hear the introduction part, Alap with the movement to Jhala. Jhala is the introduction of the rhythmic part. Accompanying: Prabir Kumar Mitra - Tabla.
Â· ... from CD "Live in London - Sarod Recital" the rarely played Raga Hemanta (combination of Raga Kausikdhwani with elements of the Kalyana Thats). The recording with Sengupta from the year 2003 was published by the label UD Industries (Kolkatta) in 2007. Accompanying: Shibshankar Roy - Tabla.
Ragas are the frame work of the Indian Classical Music. They describe the emotional expression and define the material of notes. All IMC broadcasting shows present original recordings, produced in India and published / distributed from Indian Music Labels.
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India meets Classic presents “StudioTalk No. 2: Music Awareness by Love… from Love to Music.” (part 1 of 3)